The BLM grazing advisory board for Southwest Colorado recently completed its election of board members.
Every three years since being chartered by Colorado in 1994, the BLM grazing permittees of southwest Colorado have elected a grazing advisory board.
The board consists of two permittees from each of three BLM areas or offices in the Montrose or Southwest Colorado BLM District. Each of the three areas elected a sheep permittee and a cattle permittee.
These members of the grazing advisory board are charged with administering the monies returned to the counties from BLM grazing fees. Each year, 12-1/2 percent of the monies the U.S. Department of the Interior (BLM) collects in grazing fees on federal lands is returned to the states where they were collected. In Colorado, these monies are directed, under the Murphy Act, to be returned to the counties where collected and then paid over to the board of grazing advisors to be used to make improvements to grazing permits as the board sees appropriate. This has been going on since 1935 when the Taylor Grazing Act created grazing advisory boards and they were then chartered by the U.S. Department of Interior (BLM) until 1994.
Results of the election are: Tres Rios Area (San Juan) — Steve Suckla, Cortez (cattle) and Stanley Hindmarsh, Dolores (sheep); Gunnison Area — Joe Youmans, Powderhorn (cattle) and Terri Snyder Lamers, Norwood (sheep); and Uncompahgre Area — Mark LeValley, Hotchkiss (cattle) and Ross Allen, Hotchkiss (sheep).
This board will have its next semi-annual meeting on April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Montrose BLM Conference Room. BLM permittees, BLM employees and interested persons are invited to attend.blog comments powered by Disqus